The 2010 Florida Gators football schedule opened Saturday against Miami of Ohio, but it was an extremely unimpressive victory by one of the beasts of the SEC. This was supposed to be one of those easy wins for the Florida Gators, and it’s why they paid so much money to Miami of Ohio to come down to Florida to play. For the fourth ranked team in the country, this was looking to be just another walk in the park, but when Florida fell behind by a field goal at the end of the first quarter, things didn’t appear all that positive. Florida still pulled out a win in the end, but this is a game that could hurt the school in the eyes of many poll voters.
The Florida Gators beat Miami 34-12 in their opening game, but it was not the type of opening that Florida Gators fans have become used to seeing from their school. Inefficiency on offense, a passing attack that never came, and a weak showing from the kicking game didn’t help this team in the stat sheet. In fact, the only thing that kept the statistics from looking absolutely disastrous was a 72 yard run that Jeffery Demps broke in the middle of the fourth quarter. Up until that point, Florida only had about 20 yards rushing on the game, to go along with less than 100 passing yards. In the end, Florida finished with 213 total yards though, and only 114 total passing yards. This is definitely not the Tim Tebow offense that we are talking about down in Florida anymore.
John Brantley threw for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 17-25 passing on the Florida side of the ball, and Zac Dysert went 24-42 for 188 yards on the Miami side of the ball. What proved to be the difference in this game were the four interceptions that the Florida defense came up with, giving them great field possession on several instances that turned into scores. The Florida defense saved the Gators on Saturday, and the Gainesville crowd had plenty to cheer in that regard. What this team will have to do now, is figure out a way to help the offense flow better when they are in critical third down situations. This is a defense that will continue to impress during the SEC games, but an offense that could embarrass the school if they don’t make some changes.